Today is my birthday. I’m 50. The BIG 5-0! I’ve been going back and forth about what song to choose, feeling like my choice should be deeply symbolic, what with the Song of the Day falling on such a big day (50! Did I mention that?). I was leaning toward Bessie Smith’s Muddy Water (A […]
We’re now in the latter half of April, and the Mississippi is letting us know why so many people have written songs about its tendency to flood. A wet spring has revived the river from a drought-induced coma, rising with an urgency that is quickly taking it beyond nuisance flooding to inducing nervous river folks […]
I’m going to see William Elliott Whitmore perform at the end of this month, so this seems like a good time to highlight one of his songs. Will grew up just north of Keokuk, Iowa on a blufftop farm overlooking the Mississippi River, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that he’s written a song or […]
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–Becky Sisco, Big River Magazine, Jan/Feb 2010.
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Thanks for the great writing.
–Don Staats, Onalaska, Wisconsin